Philippines Culture

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  • Philippines Culture

Philippines is a country that contains different cultures and influences. Most of these influences are results of previous colonization and derived mainly from the cultures of Spain and the United States. Despite the visual Hispanic and Western influences, the older Asian aspects of Filipino culture are seen through the way of life, beliefs and customs of the people. The early music of the Philippines featured a mixture of indigenous, Islamic and a variety of Asian sounds. They performed songs and dances to celebrate festive occasions. Modern day Philippine music features several styles, most music genres are contemporary such as Filipino rock, hip hop and other musical styles. Philippine folk dances include the Tinikling and Cariñosa. Besides, Philippines is considered as the melting pot of Asia, eating out is a favorite Filipino pastime, a typical Pinoy diet consists at most of six meals a day. Traditional Filipino games include yo-yo, piko, patintero, bahay kubo, pusoy and sungka. Popular sports in the Philippines include basketball, boxing, billiards, chess, volleyball, bowling, horse racing and cockfighting.